Saturday, May 12, 2018, 7:30pm
Featuring live music for chorus & orchestra from the original 1928 score by Victor Alex and Leo Pouget. Special guests include Peter Krasinski, organ.
A 6:45 pre-concert lecture will explore the extraordinary history of the film and the score.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (French: La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc) is a 1928 silent French film based on the actual record of the trial of Joan of Arc. The film was directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and stars Renee Jeanne Falconetti as Joan. It is widely regarded as a landmark of cinema. Dreyer's direction and Falconetti's performance is one of the finest in cinema history. The film summarizes the time that Joan of Arc was a captive of England depicting her trial and execution.
The original version was lost for decades after a fire destroyed the master negative and only variations of Dreyer's second version were available. In 1981, an employee of the Dikemark Hospital mental institution in Oslo found several film canisters in a janitor's closet that were labeled as being The Passion of Joan of Arc. The canisters were sent to the Norwegian Film Institute where they were first stored for three years until finally being examined. It was then discovered that they were Dreyer's original cut prior to government or church censorship.
In the 1920s film music was normally played live in the theatre. Only the reduced full score, string and vocal parts have survived, found in the U.S. Library of Congress. For this performance, the wind parts have been recreated and added. In 1994, composer Richard Einhorn wrote an oratorio based on the film entitled “Voices of Light", but this original 1928 score has rarely been performed.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
New Sounds A Cappella is a collaborative performance by the Cantilena Chamber and the Berkshire Community College choirs to introduce new and innovative a cappella music to the general public in an unconventional performance venue. The wonderful acoustics of the Intermodal center's lobby lends itself perfectly to both "classical" and also contemporary music (yet more sophisticated than typical college a cappella) with an appeal to a general audience. The Cantilena Choir will present new music by classical composers Ola Gjeilo and more, and also arrangements of Hyena's Anyone's Guess, Chanticleer's indie pop hit Cells Planets. Special guest Krishan Oberoi, director of San Diego's famous Sacra/Profana choir that specializes in this repertoire will conduct portions of the program.
Sunday, December 3rd, 2017, 3:00pm
The World's Greatest Christmas Carols! Christmas at Trinity!
Something for everyone in honor of the closing event for Lenox's 250th anniversary celebration! The concert included traditional carols and some new settings of old favorites by American composers. The concert ended with the premiere of the Lenox Suitefor piano, violin and choir by Moshe Knoll as a tribute to Lenox’s 250th anniversary, this being the final event of the year long celebration. The program included the Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Ralph Vaughan William's, a Medley of Christmas Spirituals arranged by Chanticleer's by Joseph Jennings Christ is the Morning Star by John Rutter, carol arrangements by Paul Halley and much more!
Allyn Burrows, Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company was be the featured narrator. Other choral favorites on the program were the Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols, a medley of Christmas Spirituals arranged by Chanticleer and favorite carol settings by John Rutter, Eric Barnum and Paul Halley.
Sunday, November 12, 3:00pm
Handel’s Israel in Egypt
High Drama from Baroque in England!
Cantilena joins the Broad Street Chorale and Orchestra for Handel's Masterpiece with Daniel Moody, countertenor, conducted by David Smith.